1999 Oldsmobile Alero GX 2.4 from North America
Pin hole in gas tank. Replaced myself, $50.
Front coil springs (2007 & 2009), Shop did the first. Friend and I did the second, $360.
Front brake calipers replaced in 2008.
Left side bolt rusted and broke off in the caliper. Nothing wrong with right, but didn't want to chance it. $200 for both, parts and labour.
Left hub assembly replaced. 2008. Did with neighbor's help for $150.
The biggest thing that bugged me was the coil springs. I was lucky they didn't take the tires with them.
The tank was an easy fix, but now the engine light stays on because the gas pressure isn't right on (had it checked), but no real problems.
The brakes and other maintenance I've done myself, and have only done them all once in the time I've owned the car. I have never had a problem with them squealing after I put them on.
Overall, I am happy with the car. Just have to find a slightly bigger one, as a 2 door isn't the greatest for a family.
I do a lot of highway driving, and get around 650 to 700 kilometers on a tank, which isn't bad considering the year of the car.
Mechanically, I would say it runs and performs as well as when I got it. A good investment at $8000 from the dealer, and as a first car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th March, 2009